From the Principal's Desk

Registration

Dear Parents,

We hope you are enjoying your summer.  We are thankful to God for all of His wonderful blessings for St. John’s Church and School.  At this time, our enrollment of K3 thru Grade 8 students is at about 250 students and we are looking forward to the new year.   

Welcome Back Ice Cream Social and Parent Meeting – We are excited to be announcing that the 2019-20 Parent Orientation Meeting will take place on Monday, August 19th beginning at 6:00pm and is accompanied by an Ice Cream Social for parents, students and staff.  Please note that this 6:00 Parent Meeting will be taking the place of the “mandatory” parent meeting which had previously been scheduled during the first week of school.  Therefore, we do ask you to make an extra effort to have at least one parent from each family attend this meeting.  Thank you.

School Begins – The first day of school for ALL St. John’s students will be Wednesday, August 21st.  (2-day K3 students will be starting on Thursday, August 22nd.)  The day will begin at 8:00 AM.  St. John’s will have its Opening Worship Service at 8:30 AM.  As always, parents and other family members are invited to join us for the opening worship service. We will follow a regular schedule for this first day of school.

St. John’s is in our second year of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) for grades K5-8.  This curricular adaptation will continue to teach the Science information that allows us success in the MAP testing program and will also give the small group, hands-on, problem-solving experience that STEM offers.

St. John’s is also continuing to offer an Extended K4 Program.  This program will offer afternoon 4-year-old students learning opportunities taught by school teachers to supplement the morning programs for K4.

Please review and complete the following forms which will be included in the summer packet:

  1. Emergency Contact Card (one per student) – to be completed in pencil and brought to Registration.  Please make sure that PARENT CONTACT INFO IS INCLUDED UNDER PRIORITY CONTACTS on the cards. 
  2. Internet Acceptable Use Policy / Social Media Form (one per student) – to be completed and signed by parent and student and brought to Registration.
  3. Student Immunization Record Form – for new students only.  For returning students, please provide dates of any immunizations received during this past year. 
  4. “Health Concern Plan” Form – to be completed and returned by Registration Day for those students who have allergies/asthma/or other health concerns. 
  5. Worker and Parent/Guardian Application – one per parent/guardian who plans to be involved with school activities, field trips, etc.  Please see the “Background Checks at St. John’s Lutheran School” insert for more information. 
  6. Family Picture Form (for those families new to St. John’s School) – please read and email a picture and information as directed.  Thank you.
  7. Business/Service Directory and Babysitter Directory information, if interested

Registration/Information Day

It is important that at least one parent from each family attend Registration Day.  If you will be out of town and unable to attend, it is important that you contact the school office to make alternate arrangements. School Registration Day for ALL St. John’s School families (with K3 thru grade 8 students) will take place on:

Sunday, August 4th, from 9:30 AM – Noon, following the 8 AM worship service,

Monday, August 5th, from 5-7:30 PM

  • 5:00-5:45 PM  --  Families with last names beginning with M-Z
  • 5:45-6:30 PM  --  Families with last names beginning with I-L
  • 6:30-7:15 PM  --  Families with last names beginning with A-H

In an effort to alleviate congestion we ask you to follow the above Monday evening schedule and keep in mind that students do not need to attend Registration Day.  (If the suggested time does not work for you, you may arrive anytime between 5:00 and 7:15 PM, but your consideration is greatly appreciated.) 

For Registration Day:

  • Complete and return any applicable forms which are attached. 
  • Check accuracy of all email addresses, phone numbers and all emergency contact information, including current employers and work phone numbers.  (These can be extremely important in the event of an emergency.) 
  • For returning students, bring the dates of any immunizations received during this past year.  Keep in mind that changes to any of this information should always be reported to the school office in a timely manner. 

Tuition Registration – This is where you will set up payment arrangements for your 2019-20 tuition and fees.  You can avoid the tuition line at Registration by completing the on-line Tuition Registration questionnaire.  See the attached “2019-20 School Tuition” Form for details about tuition and optional items which you may include in your tuition/fees payment arrangements. Then

Upon submission of the online form, a tuition coordinator, will provide you with the details of the options selected, establish your payment schedule/method of payment, and answer any questions you may have. 

In an effort to make Registration Day (August 4th & 5th) more efficient and timely, please take advantage of the online tuition registration.  (Keep in mind that using the on-line tuition registration does not require a payment before August 15th.)  

Hot Lunch Program – The cost of lunches will be $3.25 per lunch and $1 for an extra entrée.  Payments to Hot Lunch will be deposited into your Family Lunch Account, and the cost of lunches consumed by all children in your family will be deducted from that one account.  We ask that all families maintain a positive balance in their accounts.  Any balances from the 2018-2019 school year will be applied to your 2019-20 Family Lunch Account.  You can make a deposit to your Family Lunch Account during Tuition Registration.  This initial deposit for school year is one of the optional “fees” which may be included in your payment arrangements for your 2018-19 Tuition/Fees.  Thereafter, deposits may be made online using EFT, or by check/cash using the Lunch Deposit Envelopes and drop-boxes which can found in the School Office as well as the Childcare Room on the lower level.

Lunchtime Milk Lunchtime milks are provided at St. John’s for all children.  We will attempt to give all students in K5 thru 8th grade their choice of chocolate or white milk at lunchtime.  Students will be allowed to have a 2nd carton of milk if they so choose.  Due to special funding for the 2019-20 school year, there will be no additional out-of-pocket cost for student milks.  As in the past, white milk is provided for Childcare children, and those students in our K3 and K4 programs.

St. John’s Childcare Program – St. John’s Childcare Program is offered year-round at St. John’s School to children who are at least 2 years of age and toilet trained.  The purpose of this self-supported program is to provide organized adult supervision for your children from 7:00 AM to 5:45 PM.  You must register in advance to use this program.  Additionally, all students arriving at school prior to 7:40 AM as well as all students remaining on the school grounds after 3:15 PM will be directed to the Childcare area and the parents will be billed accordingly.  The cost of using the Childcare program is $5.40 per hour, per child.  Childcare uses an automated computer attendance/billing system.  (ID numbers and check-in/check-out instructions will be provided at the start of school.)  Bills will be emailed after the 1st and 15th of each month and payments are due upon receipt.  Snacks and beverages (including lunchtime milk) will be provided at no additional charge.  If your child is attending Childcare over the lunch hour, you may send a bag lunch or participate in the Hot Lunch Program (see details above). 

Childcare is offered on a space-available basis.  If you are in need of childcare on a regular basis, contact the Childcare office as soon as possible to reserve your spot.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Childcare Director, Miss Rachel Wendland at (414) 258-4214 ext. 81 or email childcare@sjtosa.org

If you have any questions regarding registration or any of the above information, please contact the school office at (414) 258-4214 or email school@sjtosa.org.  The staff and I are looking forward to working with you and having a great school year.  May the Lord bless all of our efforts as we seek to do His will.

Yours in Christ,

Scott Uecker

Principal



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May 21, 2019

Greetings,

     Thank you to all who contributed to the farewell recognition of Mr/Mrs A’s retirement.  The gathering was a great success and a wonderful thanks for years of service.

     Graduation is this week Thursday night at 6pm. This is a new time so please make a special note.  Grades 5-8 will sing for this service and then receive report cards at the conclusion of the service.  There will not be a reception in the Fellowship Hall this year.  Congratulations to the 22 8th grade students and the 3 International Students!!

     Thursday morning there will be a closing service for the lower grade students at 8:15am.  This service is followed by the distribution of awards for St. John’s Junior Olympics.  After this service school will dismiss at 11:45.

     We continue to have scrip cards for sale in the school office.  Will you need some for birthdays and thank you messages over the summer? 

     We need families to volunteer!  Nine International Students have asked to come to our school for a 10 day visit in August.  We need host families.  Would you host a student?  We are planning to host 9 students from China for 10 days.  The students are boys and girls in grades 6,7 or 8.  The costs of hosting are reimbursed.    Please email me if you can help. scott.uecker@sjtosa.org

     We have a large group of students who have registered for Childcare this summer.  If you are considering using our program, please let Miss Wendland know so we can staff appropriately.

Childcare this summer?  Please go to childcare@sjtosa.org

     Summer hours for the school office are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-noon.  We may be in other hours but please call first to make sure.

     Applications for the Lau Student Tuition Assistance Fund are available from the school office.  Please visit the school website, sjtosa.org or the link in today’s associated article.

THANKS FOR A GREAT YEAR!!

~Enjoy the summer~

Mr. Uecker



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May 16, 2019

Greetings,

     Thanks to all the people who made the “The Wizard of Oz” a success.  The play gave students a great opportunity to experience live theater and the activities between performances gave all a chance to enjoy the company of family and friends.  A special thank you again for the special donations that made our evening possible.

     Thanks also, to all the parents who made our Crusader Olympics a success.  Your willingness to help for this track meet and other meets has made this a great Spring for our students and for our school.  We couldn’t do it without YOU!

     The weekend of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Allerheiligen is here.  Sunday, after late service a meal and program will say “well done, good and faithful servant” to Mr. and Mrs. Allerheiligen as they step into retirement

     We are also saying farewell to Mrs. Christina Wilke, piano teacher extraordinaire.  Thank you, Mrs. Wilke, for sharing your talents with our children.  Next year, Mrs. Wilke and her husband will be serving as a Vicar in one of our WELS churches.  Mrs. Marjorie Flanagan will join Mrs. Bortulin as our second piano teacher next year.  Mrs. Flanagan is returning to Milwaukee and our school.  Please click here to read an article about her.

     We continue to have scrip cards for sale in the school office.  Will you need some for birthdays and thank you messages over the summer? 

     We need families to volunteer!  Nine International Students have asked to come to our school for a 10 day visit in August.  We need host families.  Would you host a student?  We are planning to host 9 students from China for 10 days.  The students are boys and girls in grades 6,7 or 8.  The costs of hosting are reimbursed.    Please email me if you can help. scott.uecker@sjtosa.org

     We have a large group of students who have registered for Childcare this summer.  If you are considering using our program, please let Miss Wendland know so we can staff appropriately.

Childcare this summer?  Please go to childcare@sjtosa.org

     Summer hours for the school office are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9-noon.  We may be in other hours but please call first to make sure.

     Applications for the Lau Student Tuition Assistance Fund are available from the school office.  Please visit the school website, sjtosa.org or the link in today’s associated article.

~Enjoy the day~

Mr. Uecker



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May 9, 2019

Thank You For A Wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week!

School Play on Friday!!

     The “The Wizard of Oz” will showcase the talents God has given our children in grades 3-5 on Friday, May 10th there are two shows 3:30 or 6:30.   We hope you will follow the yellow brick road into our gym and enjoy the “new and improved” version of this famous story.  Students have worked hard all week with two professional actors to put this talent showcase together for your enjoyment.  Please come and join in the applause!

     Mr. Brett Kriese has accepted our call to teach fifth grade next year. Please ask our Lord to bless Mr. Kriese’s ministry at St. John’s.  He will begin his service here with us on July 1st.  Remember Miss Leverence will be the Fourth Grade teacher next year.

     One last chance, please reserve a seat TODAY!!! and offer your help as we say “well done, good and faithful servant” to Mr. and Mrs. Allerheiligen as they step into retirement.  Contact us at school@sjtosa.org and leave a message.

     We continue to have scrip cards for sale in the school office.  Will you need some for birthdays and thank you messages over the summer? 

     While school is working on accreditation, church is working on our Mission/Vision statement.  Sessions have been scheduled to put together the comments/opinions of our members.  Please check the church calendar on the church webpage for Strategic Planning Listening Sessions or the News and Notes.  It will be a better document with your participation!

     We need families to volunteer!  Nine International Students have asked to come to our school for a 10 day visit in August.  We need host families.  Would you host a student?  We are planning to host 9 students from China for 10 days.  The students are boys and girls in grades 6,7 or 8.  The costs of hosting are reimbursed.  Please email me if you can help. scott.uecker@sjtosa.org

THANKS TO ALL THE PARENTS WHO HELP WITH TRACK.  WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU.

     We have a very large group of students who have registered for Childcare this summer.  If you are considering using our program, please let Miss Wendland know so we can staff appropriately.

Childcare this summer?  Please go to childcare@sjtosa.org

~Enjoy the day~

Mr. Uecker



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May 2, 2019

Greetings,

SHORTS CAN NOW BE WORN TO SCHOOL!

     On Tuesday night we began the year long process of updating our Accreditation.  Eight committees totaling 40+ people met to organize for the study of our complete Educational Ministry.  Thank you to the parents, faculty and pastors for the time and effort this study will take.  A Visitation Team appointed by the accrediting agency will visit our school in March of 2020 as the final step in the process.

     While school is working on accreditation, church is working on our Mission/Vision statement.  Sessions have been scheduled to put together the comments/opinions of our members.  Please check the church calendar on the church webpage for Strategic Planning Listening Sessions or the News and Notes.  It will be a better document with your participation!

     Please reserve a seat and offer your help as we say “well done, good and faithful servant” to Mr. and Mrs. Allerheiligen as they step into retirement.  We hope you received information earlier. I want to encourage you to respond now for the benefit of those who are planning the event.

     Mr. Brett Kriese continues to consider our call to teach fifth grade next year. Please keep him in your prayers, asking our Lord to guide Mr. Kriese in his consideration of both calls he now holds.

     Miss Treder and Pastor Schroeder have both returned the calls they had to other ministries and will continues their service here.  GREAT NEWS!

     Nine International Students have asked to come to our school for a visit in August.  We need host families.  Would you host a student?  There are two opportunities: a 10 day visit in August after school starts, or, for the school year.  We are planning to host 9 students from China for 10 days.  The students are boys and girls in grades 6,7 or 8.  We are also planning to host 2 or 3 students for the whole year with our 7th or 8th grades classrooms.  The costs of hosting are reimbursed.  We need families to volunteer!  Please email me if you would like more information, scott.uecker@sjtosa.org

Childcare this summer?  Please go to childcare@sjtosa.org

     School Play on Friday!!   The “The Wizard of Oz” will showcase the talents God has given our children in grades 3-5 on May 10th 3:30 or 6:30.   We have contracted with a company to send two Actor’s Equity people to work with all our students in grades 3-5.  Supper and games between the performances is planned. 

     We continue to have scrip cards for sale in the school office.  Will you need some for birthdays and thank you messages over the summer? 

~Enjoy the day~

Mr. Uecker



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April 25, 2019

PLEASE KEEP THE CONFIRMANDS IN YOUR PRAYERS TONIGHT, THIS SATURDAY AND ALWAYS.

     Our international students have provided us a special honor this year.  Easter Sunday at the Sunrise Service Tony Chen was baptized, and this Saturday Peter Ma will be confirmed with our class.  Thank the Lord for this blessing to our outreach program through the work of Pastor Yu!

     Please reserve a seat and offer your help as we say “well done, good and faithful servant” to Mr. and Mrs. Allerheiligen as they step into retirement.  We hope you received information earlier. I want to encourage you to respond now for the benefit of those who are planning the event. Please click on the following link to rsvp: www.sjtosa.org/Retirement

     On Tuesday, the congregation extended a call to teach fifth grade next year to Brett Kriese, currently the principal at Pilgrim Lutheran School in Menomenee Falls.  Please keep him in your prayers, asking our Lord to guide Mr. Kriese in his consideration of both calls he now holds.

     Miss Treder continues to consider the call she recently received to teach 1st grade at St. Paul’s Franklin, WI.  Please take time from your schedule to encourage Miss Treder as she considers this call and where her talents will best build Christ’s church.  Pastor Schroeder is still considering his response to a call to Marshfield, WI.  Please keep both of these servants in your prayers. 

     We are currently enrolling International Students for next year and we need host families.  Would you host a student?  There are two opportunities: a 10 day visit in August after school starts, or, for the school year.  We are planning to host 6 students from China for 10 days.  The students are boys and girls in grades 6,7 or 8.  We are also planning to host 2 or 3 students for the whole year with our 7th or 8th grades classrooms.  The costs of hosting are reimbursed.  We need families to volunteer!  Please email me if you would like more information, scott.uecker@sjtosa.org

Childcare this summer?  Please go to childcare@sjtosa.org

     Have you put the school play on your calendar?  May 10th 3:30 or 6:30   We have contracted with a company to send two Actor’s Equity people to work with all our students in grades 3-5.  The company supplies costumes and staging/props for “The Wizard of Oz”.   Supper and games between the performances is planned. 

     We continue to have scrip cards for sale in the school office.  Will you need some for birthdays and thank you messages over the summer?  Please stop in and stock up.

~Enjoy the day~

Mr. Uecker



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April 18, 2019

Greetings,

     On Tuesday, congregation extended a call to teach fifth grade next year to Brett Kriese, currently the principal at Pilgrim Lutheran School in Menomenee Falls.  Mr. Kriese is 47 years old and the father of two children ages 14 and 11. He has served at Pilgrim for 20 years and been in ministry for 24 years.  Please keep him in your prayers, asking our Lord to guide Mr. Kriese in his consideration of both calls he now holds.

     Miss Treder continues to consider the call she recently received to teach 1st grade at St. Paul’s Franklin, WI.  Please take time from your schedule to encourage Miss Treder as she considers this call and where her talents will best build Christ’s church.  Pastor Schroeder is still considering his response to a call to Marshfield, WI.  Please keep both of these servants in your prayers. 

     We are currently enrolling International Students for next year and we need host families.  Would you host a student?  There are two opportunities: a 10 day visit in August after school starts, or, for the school year.  We are planning to host 6 students from China for 10 days.  The students are boys and girls in grades 6,7 or 8.  We are also planning to host 2 or 3 students for the whole year with our 7th or 8th grades classrooms.  Because next year’s 8th grade is a large class, we are considering using 7th grade as the host class.  The costs of hosting are reimbursed.  We need families to volunteer!  Please email me if you would like more information, scott.uecker@sjtosa.org

Childcare this summer

Please go to childcare@sjtosa.org

     Have you put the school play on your calendar?  This year we are trying something new.  We have contracted with a company to send two Actor’s Equity people to work with all our students in grades 3-5 for all morning for one week.  They will bring costumes and staging/props for “The Wizard of Oz”.   Supper and games between the performances is planned.  This should be an extravaganza not to be missed! May 10th 3:30 or 6:30

    Information about preschool for next year can be emailed from the office or just give us a call.

     We continue to have scrip cards for sale in the school office.  Will you need some for birthdays and thank you messages over the summer?  Please stop in and stock up.

HAVE A BLESSED EASTER!

~Enjoy the day~

Mr. Uecker



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April 11, 2019

Greetings,

     On Sunday this past weekend, Miss Treder received a call to teach 1st grade at St. Paul’s Franklin, WI.  Please take time from your schedule to encourage Miss Treder as she considers this call and where her talents will best build Christ’s church.  Pastor Schroeder is still considering his response to a call to Marshfield, WI.  Please keep both of these servants in your prayers. 

     Also, on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30pm we will again meet to consider calling someone as our 5th grade teacher.  This meeting may be a bit different, one of the options is also to go the synod assignment committee and ask for an MLC graduate.  Please plan to be there to participate in the discussion of how we might move forward.

     We are currently enrolling International Students for next year and we need host families.  Would you host a student?  There are two opportunities: a 10 day visit in August after school starts, or, for the school year.  We are planning to host 6 students from China for 10 days.  The students are boys and girls in grades 6,7 or 8.  We are also planning to host 2 or 3 students for the whole year with our 7th or 8th grades classrooms.  Because next year’s 8th grade is a large class, we are considering using 7th grade as the host class.  The costs of hosting are reimbursed.  We need families to volunteer!  Please email me if you would like more information, scott.uecker@sjtosa.org

Childcare this summer

Please go to childcare@sjtosa.org

     Have you put the school play on your calendar?  This year we are trying something new.  We have contracted with a company to send two Actor’s Equity people to work with all our students in grades 3-5 for all morning for one week.  They will bring costumes and staging/props for “The Wizard of Oz”.   Supper and games between the performances is planned.  This should be an extravaganza not to be missed! May 10th 3:30 or 6:30

    Information about preschool for next year can be emailed from the office or just give us a call.

      Taxes?  Federal ID number of St. John’s is 39-0986622.       

~Enjoy the day~

Mr. Uecker



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April 4, 2019

Greetings,

Don’t miss the WLHS A Cappella Choir at Sunday worship this weekend.

    Mrs. and Mr. Leyrer returned the calls they had received to serve at Waterloo, WI.  They will continue to support our ministry here at St. John’s.  Pastor Schroeder continues to consider a call to serve at Marshfield, WI.  While he deliberates this new call please encourage him with your appreciation of his work at St. John’s and keep him in your prayers.  Also, we extended a call to Mrs. Laura Schultz to teach 5th grade next year.  Last week, I met with Mrs. Schultz and her husband to discuss this call and now we await her decision.  Again, please pray for God’s guidance for each of these church servants.

     We are currently enrolling International Students for next year and we need host families.  Would you host a student?  There are two opportunities: a 10 day visit in August after school starts, or, for the school year.  We are planning to host 6 students from China for 10 days.  The students are boys and girls in grades 6,7 or 8.  We are also planning to host 2 or 3 students for the whole year with our 7th or 8th grades classrooms.  Because next year’s 8th grade is a large class, we are considering using 7th grade as the host class.  The costs of hosting are reimbursed.  We need families to volunteer!  Please email me if you would like more information, scott.uecker@sjtosa.org

     The Penny Wars are over!!  The competition was a great success.  We had so much donated that even with the bank machines counting the coins, it took hours to determine the winners.  Whole bricks of pennies were donated!  8th grade donated the most money, but the other classes managed to cancel out their success and 1st grade won the war.  More information is included in the Chronicle.

    Information about preschool for next year can be emailed from the office or just give us a call.

      Taxes?  Federal ID number of St. John’s is 39-0986622.       

      In a related article in today’s Chronicle, you can read about the success of our basketball teams in the national competition at Valpo this last weekend.  Thanks to the coaches and parents who invest so much time and effort to allow our teams to use their talents in the name of our school and church. Thanks for your support of their fundraising efforts to cover the costs of attending.  We covered the costs of attending this tournament.

~Enjoy the day~

Mr. Uecker



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March 21, 2019

Greetings,

THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS, FOR DISCOVERY DAY TIME AND DONATIONS!

    Report cards are coming home today.  Please return the envelope tomorrow. 

     Mrs. and Mr. Leyrer continue to consider the calls they have received to serve at Waterloo, WI.  Please keep them in your prayers as they plan for their future church work.  Pastor Schroeder has just received a call to serve at Marshfield, WI.  Watch for more information on this Sunday.  Also, we extended a call to Mrs. Laura Schultz to teach 5th grade next year when congregation met on Tuesday night.  Mrs. Schultz currently teaches grades 3 and 4 at Trinity/St. Lukes School in Watertown, WI.  She will complete 10 years in the teaching ministry this May.  Again, please keep all these church servants in your prayers that they may clearly see God’s plan for their lives.

    Information about preschool for next year can be emailed from the office or just give us a call.

    Congratulations to those students invited to represent our school in the WISCO Forensics competition.  Thanks for representing us!  We are looking forward to hearing about your success.

     Also, congratulations to the former students of St. John's: Jared Denk, Elijah Henning, Ryan Lueck, Kaitlyn Rhyner, Grace Rindfleisch, Lilly Gantner, Hailey Rhyner, Chloe Todor, Julia Treichel, Zoe Buske, Alyssa Ebeling, Ben Haakenson, Mason Ruh, Lauren Beck, Reagan Godager, Alex Hernandex, Tony Jones, Madison Sipe and GraceMarie Theesfeld.  These former students all were on the 3rd quarter Honor Roll at Wisco.  We celebrate your success!!     

Taxes?  Federal ID number of St. John’s is 39-0986622.       

     Thank you to the CES Committee and parent volunteers who put so much effort into Discovery Day.  It’s always enjoyable but only possible because so many parents help.  THANKS!

      Keep our Basketball teams in your prayers.  They participate in the National Lutheran School Basketball Tournament held at Valparaiso University Indiana next weekend.  Thanks for your support of their fundraising efforts to cover the costs of attending.

~Enjoy the day, enjoy Spring Break~

Mr. Uecker



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